fer·​vent | \ ˈfər-vənt \

Definition of fervent

1 : very hot : glowing the fervent sun
2 : exhibiting or marked by great intensity of feeling : zealous fervent prayers a fervent proponent fervent patriotism

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Other Words from fervent

fervently adverb

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impassioned, passionate, ardent, fervent, fervid, perfervid mean showing intense feeling. impassioned implies warmth and intensity without violence and suggests fluent verbal expression. an impassioned plea for justice passionate implies great vehemence and often violence and wasteful diffusion of emotion. a passionate denunciation ardent implies an intense degree of zeal, devotion, or enthusiasm. an ardent supporter of human rights fervent stresses sincerity and steadiness of emotional warmth or zeal. fervent good wishes fervid suggests warmly and spontaneously and often feverishly expressed emotion. fervid love letters perfervid implies the expression of exaggerated or overwrought feelings. perfervid expressions of patriotism

Examples of fervent in a Sentence

a fervent speech that called for tolerance and compassion for those who are different in the thick, fervent air of a tropical afternoon, a languor set in

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For the purposes of architecture, this meant a fervent revival of colonial architecture over the next several decades. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need To Know About Colonial Revival Design," 19 Nov. 2018 Here the group quickly built a fervent fan base with its lovely harmonies and deftly picked acoustic instrumentation. Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle, "New anthology brings back the music of Uncle Walt's Band," 11 Jan. 2018 Barletta, a fervent Trump supporter who shares his hard-line views on immigration, then took the stage and rattled off a laundry list of Trump's accomplishments. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Trump defends Russia and North Korea meetings, attacks 'overrated' Bob Casey at Pennsylvania rally," 2 Oct. 2018 The plan has infuriated fervent Brexit supporters, who think sticking close to the bloc would limit Britain’s ability to strike new trade deals around the world. Washington Post, "Trump says May’s Brexit plan would kill UK-US trade deal," 12 July 2018 The problem for Republicans is more people dislike him than like him, and those who dislike him are more energized than even his fervent supporters. Karl Rove, WSJ, "Both Parties Win—and Lose," 7 Nov. 2018 Tolls Despite promising a vote on electronic highway tolls this year — win or lose — House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz tabled the issue amid fervent opposition. Russell Blair, courant.com, "From Marijuana To Tolls: Did Connecticut Lawmakers Pass These 14 Major Bills?," 10 May 2018 Trump had instead leaned into painting anyone who isn’t a white man—or an especially fervent supporter of white men—as an antagonist. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "We're Living in a Time of Cruel Laughing Men," 17 Oct. 2018 Ryan Gosling is no stranger to fans fawning over him on the Internet, but his surprise appearance at a Toronto coffee shop earlier this week, after a fervent Twitter campaign, proved to be a major real-life event for all involved. Fox News, "Ryan Gosling stops by Toronto coffee shop after management lobbies for visit with cardboard cut-out," 13 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of fervent

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fervent

Middle English, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin fervent-, fervens, present participle of fervēre to boil, froth — more at barm

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English Language Learners Definition of fervent

: felt very strongly : having or showing very strong feelings


fer·​vent | \ ˈfər-vənt \

Kids Definition of fervent

: felt very strongly fervent gratitude

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to gather or build up little by little

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